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Beautiful You #2

I have finally scanned the images on my portfolio from Photo 1 class, so I'm going to put a hold on digital shots for now and besides Prof. Boon encouraged me to scan & upload them on here. Hence this is the 1st image am presenting I will go further and explain in depth about the processing.

 

This is the 1st image on my portfolio. So Esi again, the previous shot of her was digital. With the other image I held my SLR with my left hand and my SD with my right hand and am very glad at the results

 

Procedure: Shot with a 35mm SLR Film camera and 35mm film Fuji Neopan 400. Developed & Taken into the darkroom. Filter 2 was what we were assigned to use, Set my easel/base board to correct size. For 8 x 10 paper (71/2 x 91/2). Put my negative in the negative carrier then into the enlarger. Turned on the timer to focus the frame. So I move the enlarger up and down to fit the frame on the base board, stopped down 3 stops on the enlarger lens to f.8 (f.8 gave us a better prints…sometimes you might have to stop down lower depending on if the prints doesn't come out right), switched the timer to T and set it to desired time…I use between 5secs – 20secs sometimes for my test strips, depending on how I want the image to look. (I will show you some samples of test strips after the whole presentation) But here I made a test strip of 10secs in 5 different exposures on the same paper. E.g 10, 20, 30 secs…etc. Like I said it depends. After running the test strip, deep in the developer for at least 1min, transfer to stop for 1min. BUT not with the same stick…if not it messes up the image (I will show you an error I made on an image later). After the stop, transfer to fix for 5mins, and then wash for 5mins, then put on board clean water off and dry. Then look at the image in bright light. It didn't come out right, I could tell a little from the developer but then we can't judge in the Darkroom until we get it out into light….so I had to change filter from 2 to 4…to get a good contrast. So I started the whole process all over again…(Prof Boon and I decide on what exposure best fits the image, we decided on 35sec, so I ran another test strip again, just to see how the actual print would be and here. Stressful, but a fun process.

 

 So this frame: Canon EOS K2, 35mm Film - Fuji Neopan 400, Filter 4, f.8, 35secs.

 

 

THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR COMMENTS!!!! LOTS OF LUV!!!!

Beautiful You #2

I have finally scanned the images on my portfolio from Photo 1 class, so I'm going to put a hold on digital shots for now and besides Prof. Boon encouraged me to scan & upload them on here. Hence this is the 1st image am presenting I will go further and explain in depth about the processing.

 

This is the 1st image on my portfolio. So Esi again, the previous shot of her was digital. With the other image I held my SLR with my left hand and my SD with my right hand and am very glad at the results

 

Procedure: Shot with a 35mm SLR Film camera and 35mm film Fuji Neopan 400. Developed & Taken into the darkroom. Filter 2 was what we were assigned to use, Set my easel/base board to correct size. For 8 x 10 paper (71/2 x 91/2). Put my negative in the negative carrier then into the enlarger. Turned on the timer to focus the frame. So I move the enlarger up and down to fit the frame on the base board, stopped down 3 stops on the enlarger lens to f.8 (f.8 gave us a better prints…sometimes you might have to stop down lower depending on if the prints doesn't come out right), switched the timer to T and set it to desired time…I use between 5secs – 20secs sometimes for my test strips, depending on how I want the image to look. (I will show you some samples of test strips after the whole presentation) But here I made a test strip of 10secs in 5 different exposures on the same paper. E.g 10, 20, 30 secs…etc. Like I said it depends. After running the test strip, deep in the developer for at least 1min, transfer to stop for 1min. BUT not with the same stick…if not it messes up the image (I will show you an error I made on an image later). After the stop, transfer to fix for 5mins, and then wash for 5mins, then put on board clean water off and dry. Then look at the image in bright light. It didn't come out right, I could tell a little from the developer but then we can't judge in the Darkroom until we get it out into light….so I had to change filter from 2 to 4…to get a good contrast. So I started the whole process all over again…(Prof Boon and I decide on what exposure best fits the image, we decided on 35sec, so I ran another test strip again, just to see how the actual print would be and here. Stressful, but a fun process.

 

 So this frame: Canon EOS K2, 35mm Film - Fuji Neopan 400, Filter 4, f.8, 35secs.

 

 

THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR COMMENTS!!!! LOTS OF LUV!!!!

comments (45)

I do miss film and the darkroom. Digital is is nice but if someone wants to learn the art of photography then the darkroom is the place. Darkroom work is a thoughtful and contemplative pursuit than sitting at a computer.
I wouldn't give up my Canon 5D but my approach to photography is still based in the dark.
Nacha Kama: I enjoyed the darkroom alot Michael. It was fun. Thanks for stopping by as usual.
Well I am one of those people who started photography with film but always disliked the dark room, was so glad when digital came out. Will go medium format one day soon but with a digital back, for me the dark room is a thing of the past (but thats just my opinion).

Okay enough of the techie nerdy stuff, image for me is wrong, you earn a dubious "NO LIKEY" from me on this shot. The picture just looks all wrong to me, composition is now where to be seen, the models pose/looks comes across as creepy and scary, as a fashion Noir shot it really does not work.

Sorry, just saying it as I see it smile
Nacha Kama: LOL! Pele...MAYBE you might like the others but this....I LOVE IT!
  • crash
  • NYC
  • 31 Aug 2007, 02:50
cool pose! been a while since i did film ... it was so frustrating
Nacha Kama: So frustrating like it's not even funny! Thanks Man...
  • miu*
  • USA
  • 31 Aug 2007, 03:25
Hello,ChaCha.
Lavor days will come soon!
Will you go to somewhere?
Me?I will have a shot trip to Charleston in SC.

Your film image is great!
You can draw her charm very well!!

Did you change a template of your blog?
So nice,I think.
Nacha Kama: Hello miu*
Have a safe trip to SC...Thanks and glad you like the film image. Yes I changed the template on my blog! Thanks again!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2007, 03:31
Nacha, you learned so much in that Photography class! I am impressed...and look at this picture! It's outstanding! good job, Nacha.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Girl! Glad you like :d
I do like it, kinda. But I am probably gonna make a big artistic faux pas here, but isn't it the wrong way round? Should be portrait, not landscape?
Nacha Kama: Looks different to you probably cos of the angle I captured this...I had 22 frames of this but Prof thought this was the best of the lots...Portrait/Landscape???? I see this as a portrait...Thanks for stopping by
  • sk
  • UK
  • 31 Aug 2007, 07:17
this is very nice, i do like the look of film photography and i cannot to the time and money it involves
Nacha Kama: Yes Asiko, quite expensive it is...Thanks alot for stopping by smile
Unfortunately I have never been to a dark room .. matbe some day .. There is some inviting in this image hmm !!
Nacha Kama: what Shakara? You should try it out....hopefully you would like it wink
  • david
  • London
  • 31 Aug 2007, 08:30
haven't done any darkroom work for many years, so it's great to see the fine results here! excellent
Nacha Kama: Thanks David!
Outstanding job...it really inspires me to go to the darkroom now!
Really excellent results!
Nacha Kama: You should try it out and MAYBE you might like it smile. Thanks...
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 31 Aug 2007, 10:36
My hat's off to you for the dark room process. I like the graininess here.
Very fine black and White, Nice shot!
Sorry, not feeling this at all. It just looks wrong and she looks so uncomfortable. I've been in a darkroom back in the dim and distance past but for me this does not work on any level.


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  • ttomasso
  • Ballina, Ireland
  • 31 Aug 2007, 11:31
as for image, it is interesting what impact it has to leave it turned it like this... it brings kind of sadness or abandon.
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and then the darkroom... I can smell the hypnotizing vapors of the darkroom now! I have lot of memories for the darkroom, when I was little kid, I watched my father developing pictures in darkroom (hence my love of photography). Then I got myself several chances to work in profi darkroom - one in Estonia, where I was on photographic course!
I really love the way she looks in to the lens. So self assured. It must be fun working with this model. I have very little experience with models.
i like this bnw shot.this shot say everything
  • alicia
  • Singapore
  • 31 Aug 2007, 12:02
this is a very nice shot. great job!
  • tinuke
  • london
  • 31 Aug 2007, 13:38
same model from between the trees, loving the gritty feel to this.
Nice framed B&W !
  • jump
  • France
  • 31 Aug 2007, 13:52
GReat angle, I like how she look smile hehe
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Aug 2007, 14:04
A difficult one to consider. The fact that she is on her side is unsettling. You can see she is pained for having to hold on with her backside to keep from slipping down the planks.

If I turn my head on the side it becomes an excellent picture - she then seems to be looking directly at me, saying monkey watcha lookin' at? The processing result is excellent as well.

What I like most is your description of what you did. Serious stuff.
I love the grains and angle of this shot
  • Nick
  • 31 Aug 2007, 14:20
I'm not a angle fan!!
  • FRANK
  • Belgium
  • 31 Aug 2007, 14:43
It is sure that the development in laboratory gets feelings different from the computer, it is also less comfortable, but nothing like it to carry out prints for exposures (better control of the final result)!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 31 Aug 2007, 15:35
I am digital and I don't look back ! ;-)
Anyway, great image! I like it very much.
  • alex
  • Netherlands at present
  • 31 Aug 2007, 16:03
For me digital is better than darkroom. But to me using a computer is almost as basic as walking. But to be able carry the darkroom in a laptop from one country to another is fantastic. Not having to organise thousands of negs and slides is great. And It can be a very meditative experience.

The picture is an interesting experiment. It has impact but the angle makes me feel like she's vulnerable, and it makes me think of SM (Not my scene by the way)

So It will eb a while before I decide if I like it or not.
  • don
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2007, 17:12
A fine image. The process sounds so familiar.
Very interesting to read. I can smell the fix now! smile
  • tyan
  • Singapore
  • 31 Aug 2007, 17:58
whoa,very nice and sexy shot!
  • alek
  • Greece
  • 31 Aug 2007, 19:06
brilliant compo cha, the info's also very interesting
  • henri
  • France
  • 31 Aug 2007, 19:23
Cliché très fort! Le cadrage est superbe ;-)
excellent gritness on this lovely shot..
  • rags
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2007, 20:35
Thats one pretty nubian queen. Lovely image cha cha. I wonder why she has her hand hidden?
Now now, its hard for me to close this window now smile
Great info Cha...cool shot....lets not get into the film digital debate...the right tool for the job that's all you need. Me I use film but I have nothing against digital
  • Florian
  • Paris, France
  • 31 Aug 2007, 23:23
I use a moment to understand how you captured this photo.

Very well realized, good processing.
  • Robert
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1 Sep 2007, 00:14
Outstanding! Beautiful work.
  • Daniel
  • Belgium (Lige)
  • 1 Sep 2007, 06:34
Hello ChaCha,

Very beautiful !
Modéle, photo, traitement. Bravo.
Excellent work developing this shot, it has a quality that can'y be achieved with digital
  • vinz
  • France, Rennes
  • 1 Sep 2007, 08:53
pretty black and white and beautiful portrait but framing I am not very fan. I have a torticoli lol
Technical matters aside, this is a captivating shot. Esi here makes a stunning portrait subject. Riveting!
  • aurore
  • France
  • 2 Sep 2007, 21:28
really beautifull!
la compo, l'expression du modèle
un n&b très créatif!
i like it!
It is a dangerous frame that has very good result, Nacha!
I do feel some nostalgia for the wet darkroom sometimes, but I wouldn't want to go back to it. I used to get a terrible rash on my hand from the photographic chemicals, and more importantly I never really was a 'master printer'. For me the digital darkroom is IT, especially since digital baryte papers like innova are on the market. My enlarger just gathers dust these days.
Anyway, I like the number two contrast on this print. That grayish mood works really well for this funny bunny portrait.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2007, 10:07
love this! Gritty, dynamic composition, thought provoking image! super shot. mal
ur real brave for venturing into the film era again...
an interesting shot here smile

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